Focus on the Individual not Function
Conductive Education (CE) was initially developed in Hungary in 1945 by Dr. Andras Peto. In Peto’s belief, the dysfunction characterizing a child or adult with disabilities can be overcome through an indirect cognitive route involving teaching and learning – or re-learning. As a result, the rehabilitation plan is more effective when focused on the individual, not the function.
CE is different than physical therapy, occupational therapy or physical exercises. It’s rehabilitation that combines a medical and learning approach with rigorous, repetitive, rhythmic exercises and tasks. It’s founded on the premise of neural plasticity which posits:
Despite significant damage, the brain is capable of creating new neural pathways with intensive, focused and motivating practice.
Movement, speech, cognition, and self-initiation skills are developed in tandem with functional movement. People with motor disorders develop and learn in the same way as children and adults who are typically developing. However, what most people learn through assimilation, the person with neuro-motor dysfunction or stroke-related disabilities must be taught overtly as a skill.
The Goal: Self-Reliance
The goal of CE is something called orthofunction, or simply – the ability to successfully navigate and tackle the challenges of day-to-day living to become more independent and integrate into society. To be able to complete daily activities like eating, dressing, tying shoes, putting on AFO leg braces, brushing teeth, combing hair and other tasks. In other words… to be more self-reliant.
“Self-reliance is the ability to do things and make decisions by yourself, without needing other people to help you.”
According to the Strive Learning Center experts in Toronto, “when children with Cerebral Palsy (and other neuromotor dysfunctions) spend much of their lives being treated as sick and incapable, they learn very early on that they must look to others to meet their needs instead of developing the belief in themselves that is so central to the development of well-adjusted, happy individuals who participate in society.”
CE uses active learning to teach individuals to look to themselves and to become more self-reliant and independent.
A typical Conductive Education program pair physical activities with thinking tasks, and takes place in a group setting to encourage greater socialization – and fun. It helps children and adults to not only view themselves as more independent, but be proactively and progressively more self-reliant through task series exercises, rhythmic intention, active daily routines, creating new physical abilities and acquiring critical life skills in a group environment.
Regular access to the Conductive Education programs prepares and helps integrate children and adults for successful inclusion into home activities, school, community and the workplace.
For more information contact the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati.
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The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati is a Not-for-Profit Corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code. The School offers conductive education methodology as an educational option to students diagnosed with neurological based motor impairments, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.
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